We’re excited to announce Sara Bronwen Hunter as the winner of the 2021 Georgina Mace Prize, celebrating the best Research Article in the journal by an author at the start of their career. Winner: Sara Bronwen Hunter Research: Evidence shortfalls in the recommendations and guidance underpinning ecological mitigation for infrastructure developments About the research Infrastructure expansion is one of the most significant pressures on biodiversity … Continue reading Georgina Mace Prize 2021: early career researcher winner announced
In this contribution post, Alec Christie introduces a novel tool guiding and encouraging practitioners to document and report the evidence and reasoning behind conservation decisions. The tool guide and template are permanently archived in Applied Ecology Resources. Originally posted and adapted from the Conservation Evidence blog and Conservation Land Management.. When undertaking actions to restore habitats or conserve wildlife, we often have to make difficult … Continue reading Helping practitioners to make and document conservation decisions: the Evidence-to-Decision tool
With increasing demand in housing and investment in infrastructure, are the guidance to protect and mitigate for biodiversity effectively implemented in practice? Hunter and colleagues evaluate the evidence supporting current development practices in their latest research. Originally posted and adapted from Conservation Evidence blog. What is ecological mitigation? In the UK, the legal protection of species means that, if an infrastructure development is set to … Continue reading Challenges and opportunities for evidence-based development mitigation
Natalie Dubois and Rebecca Jarvis reflect on the findings of a new collaborative article examining where the conservation community has made progress aligning research and practice. For too long, conservation research was viewed as a one-directional path from researchers to practitioners. The field has since moved towards a better understanding of the interdependent nature of knowledge generation and use, but mismatches in the spaces between … Continue reading How can we address mismatches in conservation research and practice?
Applied Ecology Resources promote evidence-based decision making by curating a wide range of information sources including grey literature – but how can researchers and practitioners use this resource in their work? AER Chair Marc Cadotte provides the following advice. Information is key for evaluating the evidence base underpinning scientific understanding, and for developing effective and efficient management of ecosystems. Yet, the primary sources of information … Continue reading Using grey literature as an evidence base for ecological research and practice
Claire Wordley (Conservation Evidence project, University of Cambridge) looks at evaluation and evidence in testing interventions and asks the question, ‘What works in conservation’? A Spanish version of this post is also available. Evidence in conservation: does it matter? What do scaring juvenile offenders, giving steroids to head trauma patients, and bat bridges all have in common? They are all examples of interventions that were … Continue reading Solutions science – Ciencia de soluciones
By Sarah Durant, Institute of Zoology In April, the Zoological Society of London together with the British Ecological Society organised a one day symposium, entitled “ The Conservation Science Policy/Interface: Challenges and Opportunities”. Acting as the launch event for the BES’s revitalised Conservation Special Interest Group, the symposium brought together over 150 scientists, conservationists and policy-makers to explore how the links between science and policy … Continue reading Is policy too important to leave to decision makers? The case of the Infrastructure Bill
In today’s post Chris Elphick (@ssts) discusses the recent review paper by Torre Hovick et al. and the importance of evidence-based syntheses for making informed decisions. This autumn, I saw my first Cape May warbler in the state where I live. Unfortunately, the sighting occurred when a colleague walked into my lab and handed me the corpse. Every year during migration, the ground around our … Continue reading Energy production and wildlife: using syntheses for evidence-based decisions